Videography Fellow: David Viola

David Viola is a Doctoral candidate in history.  He earned a Master’s degree in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a Bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton.  David has a long career in documentary and narrative filmmaking. His documentary credits as Producer include TRUMBO, a film about the life and trials of screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who was blacklisted and imprisoned for his political beliefs during the McCarthyism era. TRUMBO premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was released theatrically across the United States and the world in 2008. That film won a National Board of Review award, and was also broadcast on the “American Masters” series on PBS and released on DVD. He also produced DOWNTOWN CALLING, a documentary about the New York music and art scene during the 1970’s and 1980’s. DOWNTOWN CALLING screened at film festivals around the world including HBO’s New York Latino Film Festival and the London East End Film Festival.  In 2005, a narrative picture David produced, Runaway, starring Aaron Stanford, Robin Tunney, and Academy Award winner Mellissa Leo, screened at the TriBeca Film Festival and Toronto Film Festival, and won Best Picture at the Austin Film Festival, before being released commercially.  David has also worked in feature film development with Artisan Entertainment (BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB), and Julia Robert’s production company (MONA LISA SMILE, etc).  He recently completed a documentary film for Search for Common Ground funded by the U.S. State Department, Fire Lines,  exploring Israeli-Palestinian cooperation during a historic 2010 natural disaster.

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